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repose

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verb re·pose \ ri-ˈpōz \

Definition of repose

reposed; reposing
transitive verb
:to lay at rest
intransitive verb
1 a :to lie at rest
b :to lie dead
  • reposing in state
c :to remain still or concealed
2 :to take a rest
3 archaic :rely
4 :to rest for support :lie

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Origin and Etymology of repose

Middle English, from Anglo-French reposer, from Late Latin repausare, from Latin re- + Late Latin pausare to stop, from Latin pausa pause


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repose

noun

Definition of repose

1 a :a state of resting after exertion or strain; especially :rest in sleep
b :eternal or heavenly rest
  • pray for the repose of a soul
2 a :a place of rest
b :peace, tranquility
  • the repose of the bayous
c :a harmony in the arrangement of parts and colors that is restful to the eye
3 a :lack of activity :quiescence
b :cessation or absence of activity, movement, or animation
  • the face in repose is grave and thoughtful
4 :composure of manner :poise

Examples of repose in a Sentence

  1. typically the wealthy socialite spends most of the morning in repose, is served lunch, and then embarks on an exhaustive afternoon of shopping

  2. enjoyed the repose of a serene summer evening

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First Known Use of repose

15th century


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repose

verb re·pose

Definition of repose

reposed; reposing
transitive verb
1 archaic :to put away or set down :deposit
2 a :to place (confidence, trust, etc.) in someone or something
b :to place for control, management, or use

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Origin and Etymology of repose

Middle English, to replace, from Latin reponere (perfect indicative reposui)



REPOSE Defined for English Language Learners

repose

noun

Definition of repose for English Language Learners

  • : a state of resting or not being active


REPOSE Defined for Kids

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repose

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verb re·pose \ ri-ˈpōz \

Definition of repose for Students

reposed; reposing
:to lay or lie at rest
  • I reposed my head on his shoulder.
  • The dog is reposing on the couch.

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repose

noun

Definition of repose for Students

1 :a state of resting
2 :freedom from disturbance or excitement :calm
  • … there was a delicious sense of repose and peace in the deep pervading calm and silence of the woods.
  • —Mark Twain, Tom Sawyer


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